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Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign

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A Starbucks barista claims that the coffee chain has demanded that she remove her tiny heart tattoo or face serious consequences. According to Fox, the 27 year-old says her tattoo — which is on her hand and is the size of a penny — was okay when she was hired five years ago, but all of a sudden it's become "a deal breaker." Starbucks has a long-standing rule that employees are not allowed to have visible tattoos, but the barista says she puts makeup on her heart to cover it up.

Apparently that was not enough: She says she was told by her district manager that she had "30 days to begin a removal process for the tattoo" or that she would be forced to resign from her job. A spokesperson for Starbucks tells Fox that their "tattoo policy states that partners cannot have visible tattoos. This is part of our dress code policy and is discussed with our candidates during the interview process." The barista says "she likes the tattoo" and has no plans to remove it. It's just a sad case of a heartless coffee chain demanding the barista be heartless too. Maybe she should see if chef/encourager of matching tattoos Paul Qui is hiring. Go, watch a local news story:

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